What's coming up at the Centre

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The blog has been fairly quiet lately but that doesn't mean that things have been quiet at the Centre for Studies in Social Justice. Hopefully you were able to attend some of our recent events: a panel discussion on Tamil migrants, Raj Patel, Nathalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the makers of a stunning documentary on Navajo weavers, War Child Canada, and Sounds like a Revolution!

If you missed some of these and other events organized by the Centre, check out our multimedia page for video and audio of some past events.

We've also been busy working on the next edition of our newsletter. This issue will focus on efforts underway in our community to bring about positive social change. Stay tuned!


Canadian Social Forum to take place in Windsor, June 18-21

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The first World Social Forum was held in Brazil as a diverse,  non-capitalist, open-space alternative  to the World Economic Forum held yearly in Davos, Switzerland.

The WSF has prompted the creation of numerous regional social forums, including the upcoming Canadian Social Forum taking place in Windsor from June 18 to 21. This is followed shortly after by the US Social Forum which is taking place in Detroit from June 22 to 26.

The mission of the Canadian Social Forum is to pull together progressive groups and individuals locally and from across Canada who are concerned about meeting human needs over the desires of capital and business. The goal of the gathering is to provide the opportunity for debate, discussion and mutual education through panel discussions, presentations, cultural events and workshops. Topics to be discussed include: food, workplace safety, poverty, housing, free trade, HIV/AIDs, racism, violence against women, unionization, climate change, great lakes pollution, air quality, migrant workers and more.

This event is sponsored by a number of organizations including the Centre for Studies in Social Justice, Labour Studies, and the Windsor University Faculty Association. Tickets for this event are available at Ten Thousand Villages Windsor, 624 Chilver Road Unit 102. They cost $15 each.  Free admittance is available to anyone facing financial barriers. Please contact CHANGE@socialforum.ca for more information.


Golden Future Project wins 2009-2010 Student Social Justice Project of the Year Award

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On May 12, 2010 the Centre for Studies in Social Justice awarded its annual social justice person/project of the Year Award at a reception held at Katzman Lounge at the University of Windsor.

Golden Future is a five-year outreach program initiated by members of Golden Key International Honour Society Windsor Chapter. The project aims to improve the lives of youth and vulnerable populations in Cape Town, South Africa.


Congratulations to Dr. Emily Carasco

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The Centre for Studies in Social Justice wishes to congratulate Dr. Emily Carasco, Faculty of Law who has recently been awarded the “Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award” by the University of Windsor Faculty Association. The Award recognizes Dr. Carasco's  works tirelessly for equity and diversity on campus. She is also a valued member of the Centre for Studies in Social Justice's coordinating committee.


Turning First Rate Universities into Second Rate Companies – The Future of Post-Secondary Education in Canada?

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On March 24, 2010 the Centre for Studies in Social Justice presented a talk by James Turk, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers entitled  "Turning First Rate Universities into Second Rate Companies – The Future of Post-Secondary Education in Canada?"

Turk provided details on the role governments, both federal and provincial have played in increasing the influence of Corporate Canada on post-secondary education, whether through funding cuts which make university administrators increasingly turn to corporate donors to or through the increasing role of corporations in determining research funding priorities.

The slides used in his presentation are available here.

Video of his and other guest lectures are available here.